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04-20-2011

Clarkson University One of Greenest Colleges in North America

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Clarkson University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to the Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 EditionThe well-known education services company selected Clarkson for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition."

The guide reports that Clarkson has a number of environmental initiatives underway, such as a no polystyrene product policy on campus, a commitment to keeping designated areas of campus “forever wild,” and a policy to limit the loss of trees eight inches in diameter or greater during construction. Clarkson has also adopted green building policies, such as a commitment to pursuing LEED Silver certification on all current and future construction.

Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment provides a home for environmentally related academic programs, student activities and interdisciplinary research. Associate Director of Sustainability and Jean '79 and Robert '79 Spence Professor Susan E. Powers ensures that sustainable practices are incorporated into every aspect of campus life, academics and operations.

“Sustainability at Clarkson means that we choose to increase the efficiency of our use of material goods and energy resources, and that those resources we do use are less harmful to the environment and public health,” says Powers. “We strive to value the natural environment of our campus and community, and provide a work environment that promotes employee efficiency and comfort.

“Our newest is our initiative is our Sustainable Office Certification program in which we are assisting our campus community in adapting practices to become more efficient, healthy and environmentally friendly.”

Created by the Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council,  the guide is the only free, comprehensive guidebook profiling institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges that the company polled in 2010 about their school's sustainability initiatives.

Released on April 20, just two days prior to Earth Day, the guide has profiles of the colleges that provide application information plus facts, stats, and write-ups reporting on the schools' environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings.

The free guide can be downloaded at http://www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx and http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide .

The Princeton Review first created this one-of-a-kind resource for college-bound students in 2010 with the U.S. Green Building Council, which is best known for developing the LEED standard for green building certification. This past fall, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed and operated so that all educational facilities can enhance student learning experiences.

“College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues," said Robert Franek, senior VP, publishing, the Princeton Review. “Among 8,200 college applicants who participated in our spring 2011 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' nearly seven out of ten (69 percent) said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school. Together with the USGBC, we are pleased to make this free resource available to all students seeking to attend colleges that practice, teach and support environmentally responsible choices. We highly recommend the colleges in this book."

Clarkson University joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through their own special programs and initiatives.

"A green campus can transform the college experience for students through enhanced sustainability education and by creating healthy living and learning environments all while saving energy, water and money as part of an institution’s bottom line," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "We launched the Center for Green Schools at USGBC with a vision of green schools for all within this generation. Partnering with the Princeton Review to provide this invaluable resource to college-bound students was a no-brainer for helping to create transformational change on these campuses."

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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